Readings: Thursday, October 23, 2014

First Reading


First Reading: Eph 3:14–21

Brothers and sisters: 
I kneel before the Father, 
          from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 
          that he may grant you in accord with the riches of his glory 
          to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self, 
          and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; 
          that you, rooted and grounded in love, 
          may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones 
          what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 
          and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, 
          so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 
Now to him who is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine, 
          by the power at work within us, 
          to him be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus 
          to all generations, forever and ever.  Amen.

Responsorial Psalm


Responsorial Psalm: Ps 33:1-2, 4-5, 11-12, 18-19

R./ The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

Exult, you just, in the Lord; 
          praise from the upright is fitting. 
Give thanks to the Lord on the harp; 
          with the ten-stringed lyre chant his praises. 
R./ The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

For upright is the word of the Lord, 
          and all his works are trustworthy. 
He loves justice and right; 
          of the kindness of the Lord the earth is full. 
R./ The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

But the plan of the Lord stands forever; 
          the design of his heart, through all generations. 
Blessed the nation whose God is the Lord, 
          the people he has chosen for his own inheritance. 
R./ The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

But see, the eyes of the Lord are upon those who fear him, 
          upon those who hope for his kindness, 
To deliver them from death 
          and preserve them in spite of  famine. 
R./ The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

Holy Gospel


Gospel Reading: Lk 12:49-53

Jesus said to his disciples, "I have come to bring fire upon the earth and how I wish it were already kindled; but I have a baptism to undergo and what anguish I feel until it is over!

"Do you think that I have come to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. From now on, in one house five will be divided; three against two, and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father; mother against daughter and daughter against mother; mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law, and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law."